It’s Prime Time at the Snelgrove

It’s Prime Time!
How does that enthusiastic phrase feel to you?

I hear the phrase like a jingle from a radio voice
and I feel like drinking a beer.

Come down to the Snelgrove and over analyze a title of a show, sprinkled with nostalgic longings and drink a refreshing cold beer.
Because you’re worth it.

Over the last two weeks the U of S MFA students brought their studios to the Snelgrove Gallery where they set up a process show. The idea is simple: bring something to show what you’ve been working on and maybe also something to work on. In my opinion it works better than just inviting the public into the MFA studios for an evening. Why? Because people might be able to come in and actually watch you work – how NOVEL! This Art takes Process?? Also people can revisit to see progression. ALSO If an artist is involved with installations can actually use a gallery setting (rather than a studio). For me, I’m bad at fixed schedules so I got to visit the show a few times at odd hours to appreciate it. So let’s talk about the show.

The shows organized with each MFA student having a little parcel of gallery to their work. I know that I might sometimes bitch about too much didactic but this show needs SOMETHING. It’s like an inside joke, I’d like to know who is making what but there is no way of knowing. It’s also good to have a little blurb or something for the folks that might just be wandering (wondering) in the gallery. Maybe say where the grad studios are currently situated..about the MFA program..about Process.. ya ok

So the art. As I entered I was greeted by Andrei Fehergyhazi who is doing ink spot/splash/swipe experiments that he’s photographing and to possibly animate (I’m not really sure) Andrei looked like he is working in an art lab and for added effect had a giant monitor at his station playing some of his commercial animation work.

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Alexandra Thiesson was working on some insanely rich and detailed chalk pastel works. It was neat seeing her work, since I could never do that. She had a clean system to eliminate smudges and tiny little dirt devil vacuum for the dust. Alexandra has some crazy patience and love for patterns and fabrics. She also has some serious balls leaving her work sitting on a table unfixed and unwatched in an empty gallery. I might be being a cynic but people are stupid with art, you can’t trust the public to not touch art.

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Corinna Wolf has a large scale drawing that she has been previously been working on in Italy. There’s some European inspired architecture that I’m interested in seeing once completed.
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I think* this might be Robyn Anderson’s work since I knew her previous work has been centered on myths, fairy tales and storytelling. If this turns into a gallery sized diorama¬† or haunting creepy Tim Burton style environment then I’m excited!

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No idea who made this crazy roll of lace-like papercuts and what exactly will happen from it, but I’m excited
–Please use light and shadow with it!

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I’m not sure who made this giant landscape drawing, but it’s been nice to see how it has changed since my first visit.
Working on a sheet of paper that big would be epic

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Doesn’t look like much (I think her stuff was not fully put out when I visited) but Dana Chisolm’s work sure sounds cool. Repurposing industrial and found materials in her sculptures, she has an intriguing interest in utility and art.

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This last one I’m thinking about. Xiao Hun has made a little installation that looks like the starting of a dining room, I’m not going to talk about it because I want to learn more about what she’s doing.

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OK, so there was a quick glimpse into my take on the MFA Process show “Prime Time”
If you are anywhere close to intrigued like I am, then you should pop in and check it out. The MFA’s will be there to chat and the beer will be cold, and 7-10 is PRIME TIME to visit the Snelgrove Gallery.
Hahaha I had to do it. Check out the show, last chance tomorrow!

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